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Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands since the First World War

Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands since the First World War

In this volume, some of the most distinguished scholars of the Pacific region assess significant historical changes in Australia, New Zealand, and the adjacent islands from 1919 to 1970.

January 1979
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260 pages | 6 x 9 |
ISBN: 
978-0-292-72934-6
Description: 

Three forces—dwindling British power, rising American influence, and nationalism in a variety of forms—have transformed Australia, New Zealand, and the adjacent islands since 1919. In this volume, some of the most distinguished scholars of the Pacific region assess these significant historical changes.

These essays deal with international relations, politics, changing social structures, and literature since World War I. The themes of the volume as a whole are social and humanistic; they concern the evolution of both a regional identity and separate national identities in the Southwest Pacific. The unique areal and thematic concentration of this book makes it essential reading for all those interested in the history, politics, and culture of the Pacific.

Contents: 
  • Preface (William S. Livingston and Wm. Roger Louis)
  • Introduction (J. D. B. Miller)
  • The Changing Perspective on Australian History (Allan Martin)
  • The Changing Perspective on New Zealand History (Keith Sinclair)
  • Australian-New Zealand Relations (Mary Boyd)
  • New Zealand Foreign Policy (F. L. W. Wood and Roderic Alley)
  • Australian Foreign Policy (Norman Harper)
  • The Australian Commonwealth and the Australian States (Geoffrey Sawer)
  • Provincial to International: Southwest Pacific Literature in English since the 1920s (Joseph Jones)
  • The Australian Aborigines (W. E. H. Stanner)
  • New Zealand: Maori and Pakeha (M. P. K. Sorrenson)
  • Movement and Change in the Pacific Islands (Deryck Scarr)
  • The Southwest Pacific since the First World War: A Synthesis (C. Hartley Grattan)
  • The Contributors
  • Index
Author: 

William S. Livingston is Jo Anne Christian Centennial Professor Emeritus in British Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Wm. Roger Louis is Mildred Caldwell and Baine Perkins Kerr Centennial Chair in English History and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin.